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 Post subject: Bridgestone Reena 1973
PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:01 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:49 pm
Posts: 52
Location: Pompey
Hi Team

Researching this Characterful Japanese bike, I have managed to work out it is a 1973 Bridgestone Reena.

Been looking on Google images and have only turned over 1 or 2 images of the bike I have, even then the detailing on the lugs don't match, quite detailled on my version, very simple on the one or 2 examples I have found, does anyone else have any experience of these bikes.

There is a reflectice serial number i have preserved on the seat post and a stamped serial number on the Head post. Drum brake on the rear wheel.

It appeared to be sold as plain Matt Black back when it was new, Jazzed it up mainly to highlight the lug work and give myself some practice on applying pearlescent spray paint,
Fairly happy with the end result, (secretly ecstatic) my guess is that this would suit a 10 - 15 year old.

There are more images on the detaillling you can browse to by clicking one of the links below. If u have had one of these would love to see it posted as a reply here.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:11 am 
Old School Hero

Joined: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:40 am
Posts: 157
Looks rad! How did the pearlescent paint work out?

I'll make sure to shout if I see you out cruising round Pompey on this :D


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:46 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:49 pm
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Location: Pompey
Thanks Banashapan

I mixed a solution from a company called Custom paints with gloss and thinner,
applied 2 or 3 light coats then a final couple of coats of clear.

It wasn't plain sailing, I had the dreaded orange peel occur at one point.
I was fortunate it only occurred on one section, only affected the gloss so was able to wet and dry it out before re-applying.

Still on finishing touches, managed to keep the original kick stand and rear parcel shelf,they were very rusty and pitted but with some heavy dury assistance- File, Wet and Dry and loads of water, have managed to rid most of the big spots and blemishes.

Id prob look a bit daft cycling around on this, but hope u see it around when it is finished ;)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:49 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:49 pm
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 Post subject: Bridgestone Reena 1973
PostPosted: Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:20 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:49 pm
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Location: Pompey
The image above was taken part way through trying to make the original accessories presentable.
I persevered and was really pleased to finally be adding the finishing touches to this cute and individual styled bike. Here's how she looks now replete with new basket and original parcel shelf and kick stand
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